Domilise’s Po-Boys

Cajun/Creole | Sandwich Shop | Tavern
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You won’t likely drive past Domilise’s bar/sandwich shop by accident, for it is located in an unscenic blue-collar neighborhood by the river; and if you did accidentally drive by, you’d never guess that it is one of New Orleans must-eat restaurants. From the outside it looks like a small, no-frills neighborhood tavern; and in some ways, that is what it is. We guess it would be possible to walk in, sit at the bar, and knock back longnecks or boilermakers all day long. To do so, you’d have to have no sense of smell, for the air of this tavern is wildly perfumed with its true claim to fame: po-boy ingredients. Continue reading

You won’t likely drive past Domilise’s bar/sandwich shop by accident, for it is located in an unscenic blue-collar neighborhood by the river; and if you did accidentally drive by, you’d never guess that it is one of New Orleans must-eat restaurants. From the outside it looks like a small, no-frills neighborhood tavern; and in some ways, that is what it is. We guess it would be possible to walk in, sit at the bar, and knock back longnecks or boilermakers all day long. To do so, you’d have to have no sense of smell, for the air of this tavern is wildly perfumed with its true claim to fame: po-boy ingredients. Shrimp, oysters, and catfish, smoking hot from the fry basket, are heaped onto loaves of good bread. Po-boys are also available made from all manner of cold cuts.

When you walk in the door, you may have to take a number before you can place your order. At the height of lunch hour, Domilise’s is packed, for its superior po-boys attract eaters from all over the city; table space is precious (strangers often share); and the house phone rings unanswered.

For the newcomer, a little delay is a good thing because it provides an opportunity to read the menu on the wall and to observe the sandwich makers construct various types of po-boys before deciding which is the right one for you. Hot smoked sausage with gravy is the one we recommend above all others. Get it “dressed,” meaning topped with tomato, lettuce, and grainy Creole mustard. A large one is constructed on a length of bread so long that it must be cut in thirds to fit on its paper plate. While the sandwich is being made, buy your drink at the bar and hope that by the time you are ready to eat, space at a table is available.

Dishes to try
Domilise’s Po-Boys, Shrimp Po Boy (small)
Shrimp Po Boy (small)
Must-Try
These two segments comprise a small shrimp po boy: plenty to eat for any normal appetite.
Domilise’s Po-Boys, Hot Sausage Po Boy (small)
Hot Sausage Po Boy (small)
Must-Try
I find it hard to get any po boy any way other than fully dressed. 'It's juicy!' called out the lady who made it just before I picked up half and lost a lot of the ingredients as they slithered out onto the paper plate below.
Domilise’s Po-Boys, Pork Sausage Po Boy
Pork Sausage Po Boy
Must-Try
Hot smoked sausage is my go-to sandwich at Domilise's, but for variety's sake, I got what's listed as a pork sausage po boy. It's not smoky and it's not peppery, but it is oinky-good.
Domilise’s Po-Boys, Roast Beef Po Boy (small)
Roast Beef Po Boy (small)
A debris-free roast beef po boy is easy to get from plate to mouth. But frankly, I miss the drippage.
Domilise’s Po-Boys, Barq's Root Beer
Barq's Root Beer
If you're not having beer with your lunch, New Orleans' Barq's root beer is an excellent alternative.
Roat Beef Poboy - Large
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday10am - 6:30pm
Tuesday10am - 6:30pm
Wednesday10am - 6:30pm
Thursday10am - 6:30pm
Friday10am - 6:30pm
Saturday10:30am - 7pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 48 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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